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Final 2009 Division II rankings

December 15, 2009 | 2:10 pm No comments
By George Tanner

Grand Valley State was the best women’s soccer team to play in Colorado in 2009. When the Lakers defeated the Colorado School of Mines 3-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals, they looked like a team that could go all the way. And freshman Ashley Botts looked like a player that is going to make a mark on women’s soccer in America for at least the next three years.

Botts went on to score the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Cal State-Dominguez Hills in the Division II championship game in Tampa, Florida. So it makes sense that GVSU finished atop the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s final Division II poll.

Mines, which advanced farther than any team in school history, finished in seventh place.

Here are the final women’s Division II rankings:

1 Grand Valley State (Mich.)
2 West Florida
3 Cal State-Dominguez Hills
4 Saint Rose (N.Y.)
5 Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
6 West Texas A&M
7 Colorado School of Mines
8 Northern Kentucky
9 California (Pa.)
10 Metropolitan State College
11 Columbus State (Ga.)
12 Rollins (Fla.)
13 Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
14 Cal State-Los Angeles
15 UC San Diego
16 St. Edward’s (Texas)
17 Indiana (Pa.)
18 West Chester (Pa.)
19 Fort Lewis College
20 Bridgeport (Conn.)
21 Incarnate Word (Texas)
22 Bellarmine (Ky.)
23 Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.)
24 Florida Tech
25 Kutztown (Pa.)

Similarly, Fort Lewis College was the best men’s soccer team to play in the Centennial State in 2009, and the Skyhawks find themselves atop the national rankings after winning the Division II championship. FLC began the season strong and finished even stronger, winning every game but one.

Here are the men’s final Division II rankings:

1 Fort Lewis College
2 Lees-McRae (N.C.)
3 Lewis (Ill.)
4 LeMoyne (N.Y.)
5 Tampa (Fla.)
6 Cal State-Dominguez Hills
7 Charleston (W.Va.)
8 Southern New Hampshire
9 Drury (Mo.)
10 Rollins (Fla.)
11 West Texas A&M
12 Cal State-Los Angeles
13 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
14 Anderson (S.C.)
15 Wilmington (Del.)
16 Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
17 Millersville (Pa.)
18 Colorado School of Mines
19 Midwestern State (Texas)
20 Carson-Newman (Tenn.)
21 Northern Kentucky
22 Sonoma State (Calif.)
23 Lynn (Fla.)
24 Truman State (Mo.)
25 Cal State-San Bernardino

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